Berkeley Engineering Dean Defends Student Services Shakeup

first_imgStudents and faculty members at the University of California, Berkeley, had a chance yesterday to air concerns about a major change in the status of diversity programs within the College of Engineering. But while Dean Shankar Sastry said he welcomed their input, he made it clear that his decision earlier this summer to fold the long-running Center for Underrepresented Engineering Students (CUES) into a revamped Engineering Student Services (ESS) office is a done deal.”The decision to reorganize has been made,” Sastry told some 60 people who attended a town hall meeting on campus. “I know that people are worried about change,” he said, adding that “we will continue to have meetings like this.” He also announced the formation of a faculty-student task force, to be headed by electrical engineering professor Ruzena Bajcsy, to provide ongoing advice.Audience members pressed Sastry for details about why the change was being made and why he thought the new structure would benefit students. And they weren’t happy with the answers they received. “I heard a lot of opposition from the students present and less-than-direct answers to many of their questions,” said Anne MacLachlan, a senior researcher at Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education and the final speaker in the 90-minute dialogue.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Sastry said that integrating the programs under CUES into ESS would help address a 40% drop since 2005 in the number of minorities and women entering the college. “I’d like to be able to make sure that the underrepresented student part of student advising is not an island. I’d love to bring it in a little tighter with the faculty and students of the college. …That is the biggest single reason to bring it in,” he said. Acting ESS Director Kristen Gates said that the college hoped to offer new programs in peer advising, outreach, internships, and research opportunities for freshmen.MacLachlan worried that parents of prospective students could interpret the new structure as evidence that Berkeley does not welcome students of color, she said, and that their concerns could undermine the goal of increasing enrollment. Others questioned the timing of the transition. “What’s the hurry?” asked Caroline Kane, an emerita professor of biochemistry and molecular biology with the Coalition for Excellence and Diversity in Math, Science, and Engineering. “It seems like we’re dropping a bomb right when we’ve got students coming back to the college of engineering who are used to having a community and community space,” she said.last_img read more

Cong questions no-trust in a restaurant in Arunachal

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 17 (PTI) Congress today raised a big question mark over the vote of no confidence against Arunachal Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, wondering if it can be moved in a restaurant and cautioned against similar toppling games in opposition-ruled states of the Northeast. “The move to seek a ?Vote of No Confidence? against the sitting Chief Minister and a ?Vote of Confidence? for another dissident leader with the help of the BJP, in a Restaurant … “Can it be entertained by the Governor and the Constitution?,” Leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters. He said that Congress held the central government and the Governor squarely responsible for “messing up” this issue and creating a situation in which a stable state in the Northeast is being sought to be destabilised. He alleged that what was being witnessed in Itanagar is the start of the process of toppling opposition governments in the Northeast and “RSSisation” of the region. “Now in North Eastern states, they are going to topple non-BJP Governments there”. “Is this Prime Minister Narendra Modis idea of co-operative federalism?” he said adding that the central government and the Governor are making India vulnerable in this sensitive state bordering China. Besides, he asked “can a parallel Assembly be held in a community hall? There was no record, no member of Secretariat was present. Why is Governor allowing this?” Flanked by AICC General Secretary V Narainsamy who is in charge of party affairs in Arunachal, Azad warned the Centre that things would turn for the worse if the Governor accepts the alleged vote of no confidence against the Chief Minister. “If the Governor takes it a decision, then it becomes further complicated, then it will totally prove that it was being done and orchestrated by the Governor himself. I think let us wait till tomorrow. Things are in a very bad shape there”, he said. Azad also raised a number of questions: can impeachment of a Speaker happen in a community hall? Paramilitary was deployed by the Governor. Who is he to requisition it? Is law and order not a state subject? Which Constitution allows a Governor to summon the Assembly without the advice of the state govt? Where is it written that the Governor can set the agenda and decide who should be removed: how can a Deputy Speaker preside over a session when the Speaker has not been removed and when theres a notice against him as well?” He said that there could be no business in Rajya Sabha today because of the “dangerous” developments in Arunachal Pradesh. “Did they expect the Opposition to be quiet when a democratically-elected govt is being removed through illegal means?”, he said. PTI SPG PALadvertisementlast_img read more

Delhi-NCR?s school football league to spread wings to Guj

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 27 (PTI) With Delhi-NCRs school football league SSFL completing its second edition, the organisers have decided to spread its wings and start the talent scouting programme in Gujarat too.According to Siddhartha Upadhaya, founder and secretary general of STAIRS, Gujarat emerged as the best option considering its ongoing initiatives in the field of sports.STAIRS School Football League (SSFL) aims at enrolling one lakh footballers at school level through international standard championship, scouting camps and training.”We started from Delhi last year and created a blueprint to be replicated throughout the country. SSFL Delhi, 2015 has been a great success. It has been a wonderful year for nearly 10,000 budding footballers of Delhi as SSFL gave them an opportunity to play and showcase their talent,” says Upadhaya.”After Delhi, we were scanning various other states to launch the second chapter. Our main agenda was to find a state with right systems in place where we could align our efforts and add value. Gujarat came out as the best option,” he says.The idea of SSFL is to uplift the standard of grassroots football in the country and at the same time create an opportunity for children to exercise their right to play.The organisers say that schools in Ahmedabad have already started registering for the league.”This being the first year, well only be selecting 64 teams of under-14 boys. This league will conclude in February and we will launch the full-fledged format in the next academic session,” Upadhaya says, adding SSFL Ahmedabad will kick-start on January 12.advertisementThe age group in Ahmedabad is chosen keeping in mind the under-17 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in the next two years and Sports Authority of Gujarats scouting programmes.The season 2 of SSFL Delhi culminated at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex on December 9. It saw participation of over 6,000 children across 288 schools in the National Capital Region. 592 matches were played in a span of 100 days engaging 288 teams. In a first, 32 girls teams also participated in SSFL Delhi 2.Matches were played under four categories – Under 14 Girls, Under 14 Boys, Under 17 Girls and Under 17 Boys. In the Under- 14 Boys finals, Air Force Bal Bharti School, Lodhi Road beat St. Francis Public School, Indirapuram 2-0 while Modern School, Vasant Vihar was victorious in the Under- 14 Girls finals beating Stairs North by an identical margin.Ahlcon Public School, Mayur Vihar was the winner in the Under-17 Boys category defeating Venkateshwar International School, Dwarka 1-0 while R.S.K.V, East Vinod Nagar lifted the trophy in the Under-17 Girls category overcoming Modern School, Vasant Vihar 2-0.Individual prizes were given for best strikers, best defenders, best goalkeepers, best midfielders and most promising players in respective age categories. PTI ZMN ANS ANSlast_img read more

Kamran Akmal backs specialists over utility players

first_imgKarachi, Jan 15 (PTI) Pakistans discarded stumper Kamran Akmal believes teams these days are laying too much emphasis on utility players and allrounders in limited overs cricket, bringing down the overall quality of the sport. “The last proper allrounder in Pakistan cricket in my personal opinion was Abdul Razzaq. Nowadays we hear about batting allrounders or bowling allrounders. To my mind an allrounder means someone who is a good overall performer,” Akmal said in an interview. Akmal, who scored 11 centuries in Test and one-day cricket, said he still believed that Pakistan needed to stress on specialisation even in ODI and T20 cricket. “I think even now with new shots being invented and the rate of scoring going up dramatically the best bet is to play five specialist bowlers in limited overs cricket,” Akmal said. The elder of the Akmal brothers, who last played a Test in 2010 and represented Pakistan in the World T20 in 2014, urged teams to go for specialised players. “The trend these days, even in Pakistan cricket, is to give preference to utility players over specialists and I dont think it has worked for us,” he added. Akmal conceded that cricket had undergone changes in recent times. “I learnt playing under Inzamam-ul-Haq and other senior players. I learnt the importance of trying to achieve excellence as a professional player.” Akmal, who turned 34 this week and has been out of favour with the selectors since the last two years, said he had still not given up hope to play for Pakistan again. “My job is to train hard and perform in domestic cricket all the time. In Pakistan cricket you never know when you might get a breakthrough,” he stated. “I try to stay away from things that dont concern me. I just like to play in domestic cricket and keep doing well,” he added. PTI Cor AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Bilic: Hart deserves better

first_imgWest Ham United ‘I think you don’t appreciate him’ – Bilic believes Hart deserves better Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 11:38 10/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JoeHart - cropped Getty Images West Ham United England Burnley v West Ham United Premier League WC Qualification Europe The goalkeeper is an easy target and is unappreciated, according to the West Ham manager West Ham manager Slaven Bilic backed Joe Hart, saying the goalkeeper was unfairly criticised and had become an easy target.Hart 15/8 for clean sheet at BurnleyHart, 30, has been questioned for his performances for England and at club level, particularly since leaving Manchester City for a loan spell at Torino last season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The shot-stopper produced a fine display in World Cup qualifying earlier this month, keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Slovenia that secured England’s place in Russia.Bilic defended his goalkeeper and believes Hart deserves more credit than he is often given.”I think you don’t appreciate him. I watched the game against Slovenia. He was man of the match,” the Croatian said.”But you didn’t have that feeling from the studio, from the commentator, saying it was a penalty [to Slovenia] – it wasn’t a penalty. If it was anyone else goalkeeping in that situation, nobody would say it was a penalty. I have that feeling at this moment.”Has he become an easy target? Yes. The guy is brilliant. I’m not just talking about goalkeeping now. The guy never slaughters anyone in the job.”He is taking the bullets, he is there every single time, whether he is at City or Torino or West Ham. He is a great professional and a top pro.”Bilic’s West Ham, who are 15th in the Premier League, visit Burnley on Saturday.last_img read more

10 months agoBarnes claims Liverpool now favourites over Man City

first_imgBarnes claims Liverpool now favourites over Man Cityby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend John Barnes believes the club are now favourites to win the league.With Manchester City losing three out of their past four league games, they are seven points behind the Reds. Tottenham are six behind in second place.Many fans believe that if the Reds can come through the next few games with their league in tact, it is theirs to lose. And Barnes agrees they are now favourites.”I had Man City as favourites until the last two games, but I’d make Liverpool favourites now,” he said to “It’s not necessarily ‘theirs to lose’, I just think the Premier League is so difficult now.”Once upon a time, the top five teams weren’t necessarily going to drop points, but these days you can see with Crystal Palace and Leicester beating City, that can actually happen. “So it’s much more difficult now to win the Premier League from a winning position.”Numerically, it’s theirs to lose in terms of numbers they have on the board, but in terms of the difficulty of the competition, it’s definitely not finished. “If they were six points ahead coming into April, then obviously it would be, so for now I make them favourites, but it’s not a foregone conclusion.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Urban Meyer Releases Official Statement In Response To Brett McMurphy’s Report

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer before an Ohio State football game.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches warm ups before the start of their game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has released an official statement in response to Brett McMurphy’s report. Meyer, in short, contends that regarding the 2015 alleged incident involving former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, he followed “proper protocol and procedure.”Wednesday, McMurphy, a former ESPN reporter, issued a report that suggested that Meyer lied when he told reporters at Big Ten Media Days that he had no knowledge of 2015 allegations of domestic violence against Smith.In response, Ohio State placed Meyer on paid administrative leave and launched an internal investigation into the matter. Meyer’s job status has been a popular topic in the time since.In the note, Meyer admitted he was not “prepared” for questions about the incident at Big Ten Media Days last week. He also essentially admits that he lied when he told reporters that he did not know of the incident. Here’s the entire statement, transcribed:“Dear Buckeye Nation:My heart is heavy today as I witness the toll that events of the past week have taken on the Buckeye Family and the university community that I love so dearly.When I stand before the 105 young men in our football program and talk about core values and doing the right thing and respecting women, it is not lip-service. I genuinely believe that we have an obligation to help develop the young men in our charge into positive change agents and that responsibility rests with me.Over the past several days, I have been portrayed as being indifferent to domestic violence and as someone who did not take appropriate action when warranted. While over three decades of coaching I have learned to ignore how others define me, I do feel it necessary to share the truth with the Buckeye family.Here is the truth: While at the University of Florida, and now at The Ohio State University, I have always followed proper protocols and procedures when I have learned of an incident involving a student-athlete, coach or member of our staff by elevating the issues to the proper channels. And, I did so regarding the Zach Smith incident in 2015. I take that responsibility very seriously and any suggestion to the contrary is simply false.The power of what I say and how I say it, especially regarding sensitive and serious domestic issues, has never been more evident than now. My words, whether in a reply to a reporter’s question or in addressing a personnel issue, must be clear, compassionate and most of all, completely accurate. Unfortunately, at Big Ten Media Days on July 24th, I failed on many of these fronts. My intention was not to say anything inaccurate or misleading. However, I was not adequately prepared to discuss these sensitive personnel issues with the media, and I apologize for the way I handled those questions.I understand that there are more questions to be answered and I look forward to doing just that with the independent investigators retained by the University and I will cooperate fully with them. At the appropriate time, I will also address the questions and speculation in a public forum. But for now, out of respect for the ongoing inquiry, I will refrain at this time.Please know that the truth is the ultimate power and I am confident that I took appropriate action. As I stated above, I deeply regret if I have failed in my words. As the son of an amazing woman and the husband to another and, as the father of two incredible young women, those who know me best know the admiration and respect I have for all women. Our core values are just that—values that do not ever waver.I ask that you continue to support the incredible coaches and student-athletes in our program, and I look forward to rejoining them soon.Sincerely,Urban Meyer”Here’s the tweet— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 3, 2018It’s hard to know where this all goes from here. Meyer hints that there’s more to the story – and we’ll likely find out what he’s referencing in the coming days.last_img read more

Tua Tagovailoa Shoots Down Crazy Rumor Before National Title Game

first_imgTua Tagovailoa of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to throwing a seven yard touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to throwing a seven yard touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Alabama star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has shot down a crazy rumor ahead of tonight’s College Football Playoff national title game.Earlier in the month, reports/rumors swirled about Tagovailoa having 400-plus family members in the crowd for tonight’s game.Tagovailoa is a Hawaii native, and with the national title game taking place in California, it makes sense for him to have some major family support in the crowd.But 400-plus family members? That’s not happening.Tagovailoa says that he doesn’t even know that many family members (who does?).“Tua has confirmed that he does not have 400 family members coming to the game. In fact he said he doesn’t even know 400 family members,” Danny Kanell tweeted.Tua has confirmed that he does not have 400 family members coming to the game. In fact he said he doesn’t even know 400 family members.— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) January 5, 2019Alabama and Clemson are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T.The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Australia seal top 2 finish after thrashing New Zealand at Lord’s

first_img Akshay Ramesh LondonJune 30, 2019UPDATED: June 30, 2019 01:27 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Australia successfully defended a 243-run total vs New Zealand at Lord’s on Saturday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia retained their top spot with an 86-run win at Lord’sTrent Boult’s hat-trick went in vain as Australia successfully defended 243-run totalMitchell Starc picked up a 3rd 5-wicket haul in World CupsAustralia continued their fine form in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as the defending champions thrashed New Zealand in a Trans-Tasman clash at Lord’s in London on Saturday.Trent Boult’s maiden World Cup hat-trick went in vain as Australia successfully defended a par-score of 243 on a sluggish Lord’s pitch. With the 86-run win, Australia retained the top spot on the World Cup 2019 points table. With 14 points from 8 matches, Aaron Finch’s men are assured of a finish in the top 2.New Zealand vs Australia, World Cup 2019: HighlightsOn the other hand, New Zealand’s chances of reaching the semi-final have taken a hit as they have now lost back-to-back matches. New Zealand need to win their final group-stage match against England on July 3 to seal the semi-final berth. A defeat in their final match will jeopardise their chances if either Pakistan or Bangladesh win their remaining matches by huge margins.It was New Zealand’s approach to their chase of 244 that brought their downfall on Saturday. The Black Caps lost opener Henry Nicholls, who had replaced out-of-form Colin Munro, early. Martin Guptill was cautious with his approach but failed to convert a start as he perished for 20 in 43 balls.Australia win by 86 runs!A clinical performance with the ball after Usman Khawaja and Alex Carey rescued them with the bat.Mitchell Starc finishes with five wickets. How good a tournament is he having?#CWC19 | #NZvAUS World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 29, 2019Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor joined hands for the 3rd wicket and the duo added 55 from 75 balls but Mitchell Starc removed the New Zealand captain to swing the match in Australia’s favour. Ross Taylor followed suit and his dismissal triggered the New Zeland collapse.advertisementFrom 118 for 3, New Zealand were reduced to 141 for 8 as the likes of Mitchell Starc, Steve Smith and Nathan Lyon struck in the middle overs.Mitchell Starc, with a record-setting third five-wicket haul in World Cups, and Jason Benhrendorff who removed the New Zealand openers were the pick of the bowlers for Australia.Earlier, in the day, Australia were reeling at 92 for 5 after Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and James Neesham tore into the top-order. David Warner and Aaron Finch suffered rare failure, putting pressure on the untested Australian middle-order.However, Alex Carey and Usman Khawaja added an Australian World Cup record stand for the 6th wicket (107) to take Australia past 200. Carey fell for a counter-attacking 71 and Usman Khawaja fell for 88 but only after helping their team set a competitive total.Trent Boult had become only the first New Zealand bowler and the 10th overall to pick a World Cup hat-trick. Boult cleaned up Khawaja, Mitchell Starc and Jason Behrendroff in successive deliveries in the final over of Australian innings.Also Read | World Cup 2019 semi-final qualification scenarios: Pakistan’s chances brighten after Leeds thrillerAlso Read | Michael Vaughan shocked with Gulbadin Naib decision to bowl crucial overAlso Read | Pakistan survive Afghanistan scare to keep semi-final hopes aliveAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Trent BoultFollow Mitchell StarcFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow New Zealand vs AustraliaFollow Lord’sFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow Alex CareyFollow Usman Khawaja commentary scorecard advertisement No data available! view more view less Next graphs World Cup 2019: Australia seal top 2 finish after thrashing New Zealand at Lord’sICC Cricket World Cup 2019: New Zealand’s chances of making the semi-final took a hit after their massive 86-run defeat to Australia at Lord’s on Saturday. The Black Caps need to win their final group-stage match against England on July 3 to seal the progress to the knockout stage.last_img read more

Gov’t to Mark 80th Anniversary of Workers’ Protests, Labour Department

first_img Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said that Workers’ Week, under the theme ‘Preserving Our Legacy…Unfolding Progress’, is dedicated to honouring the persons who participated in and paid the ultimate sacrifice in the 1938 labour uprising. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the 1938 labour protests and establishment of the Labour Department during Workers’ Week from May 14 to 23.The week, which includes Labour Day activities, was launched at the Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday (May 1).Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said that Workers’ Week, under the theme ‘Preserving Our Legacy…Unfolding Progress’, is dedicated to honouring the persons who participated in and paid the ultimate sacrifice in the 1938 labour uprising.She noted that the protests symbolised the birth of collective efforts towards better working conditions and higher wages.She argued that “Jamaica would not be where we are today without the strong display of fortitude, resilience and devotion of these workers”.Mrs. Robinson said that the Labour Department’s achievements will also be highlighted during the week.“We want to include the contributions made by former Labour Ministers (as we believe) their contributions to nation building must be recognised,” she added.Highlighting activities for the week, Mrs. Robinson informed that the Ministry will be collaborating with its partners to host public fora on several topics, including ‘The Modern Day Labour Movement’; ‘Reparations’; and ‘Productivity’.Commemorative ceremonies will be held at the Workers’ Monument at the Waterfront, downtown Kingston, site of the 1938 riots, as well as the Workers’ Park in Westmoreland.“These sites reflect our historical and cultural identity as a people, and, as a Government, we will continue to celebrate the legacy with a floral tribute and beautification to reflect the pride and honour… they deserve,” she pointed out.Workers’ Week will culminate on Labour Day, Wednesday, May 23, which will be observed under the theme ‘Ramp It Up… Fix It Up’.Activities will focus on constructing ramps in schools to enable physically challenged persons to access these buildings, and installing additional facilities at health centres to enhance the environment for medical staff and clients.The St. Ann’s Bay Infant School in St. Ann and Cumberland Health Centre in St. Catherine are the national projects.The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is spearheading Labour Day activities through partnership with the Ministries of Education, Youth and Information; Health; LocalGovernment and Community Development; and Labour and Social Security, as well as Municipal Corporations islandwide.This year also marks the 186th anniversary since National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Samuel Sharpe, was martyred for his role in the 1831/2 Christmas rebellion, which started at the Kensington Estate in St. James and accelerated Emancipation in the British colonies.Persons and organisations are encouraged to register their projects on the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport’s website at, and the Jamaica Information Service’s website at Story Highlights Highlighting activities for the week, Mrs. Robinson informed that the Ministry will be collaborating with its partners to host public fora on several topics, including ‘The Modern Day Labour Movement’; ‘Reparations’; and ‘Productivity’. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the 1938 labour protests and establishment of the Labour Department during Workers’ Week from May 14 to 23.last_img read more

Improving Wait Times for Surgical Patients

first_imgA new patient registry will improve surgical wait times by providing more timely and accurate information to district health authorities and doctors. The Pictou County Health Authority is the first district to go live with the new Patient Access Registry Nova Scotia. The registry will provide a better understanding of where more surgeries can be performed and where additional resources may be needed. As well, patients will know where they are in the queue, and when they are likely to receive their surgery. “We are committed to reducing wait times,” said Health Minister Maureen MacDonald. “We’re confident that this registry will help us serve patients faster and make better decisions about where we put our health-care resources.” Health districts have been collecting wait time statistics differently. The provincial registry will be a central database with standard methods of measuring and interpreting wait-time information. The Surgical Care Network is also working to identify and improve factors that can influence a patient’s wait for surgery. The development of the provincial registry is being led by the Nova Scotia Surgical Care Network, a committee that includes chiefs of surgery and senior clinical leaders from all district health authorities and the IWK, and Department of Health representatives. All district health authorities will be using the registry by July 2010. Staff and surgeons have been working with the Department of Health to set up processes and systems to collect the necessary surgical information. “We are pleased to support an initiative such as this,” said Dr. David Archibald, head of surgery for the Pictou County Health Authority. “This partnership will help us better understand patients’ wait times at both the local and provincial levels.” The registry will provide surgeons, district health authorities and the Department of Health with the information needed to improve access to surgical services, and enhance communication to patients waiting for surgery. The $11-million project is being cost-shared by the province, Health Canada and Canada Health Infoway.last_img read more

Internetconnected devices put kids at greater risks

first_imgLondon: Forget screen addiction as there is a new threat to keeping children safe in the digital era: Internet of Things (IoT) devices. According to researchers, children need protection when using programmable Internet computing devices in a digital world where everyday objects contain sensors and stream data to and from the Internet. The risks can include peer-to-peer abuse or bullying, dangers of abuse by adults, as well as risks related to the use, exploitation, commercialisation, or insecure management of any data the children generate by using the devices, warn Lancaster University scientists. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Children are also getting hands-on — using small-scale easy-to-programme devices such as the “BBC micro:bit” to experiment and get creative with digital technologies. Unless properly considered, Internet-connected devices can present risks to children and others around them. “Children who are learning to programme IoT devices still have critical gaps in their understanding of privacy and security,” said doctor Bran Knowles from Lancaster University’s school of computing and communications. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails In addition, parents may also lack technical understanding of IoT, which makes it difficult for them to help ensure their children are managing their privacy and keeping safe. “Formal training is available for online safety issues such as social media bullying and sexting, but, as yet, there is no IoT component to this curriculum,” Knowles added. It is essential, therefore, that the designers of IoT devices anticipate the full spectrum of contexts in which children may use these devices and adopt strategies that will ensure they have properly considered, and mitigated, the potential safety and privacy risks to children and their families. “Our research provides a framework to help designers approach these critical risks with their own devices, while still enabling these devices to have enough functions activated so that they still provide a fun learning experience,” she said. The team’s methodology includes working with supervised groups of school children to explore a wide range of ways that young people may want to use Internet-connected computing devices.last_img read more

Mali President appreciates role played by Sri Lankan troops

The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Nigeria Thambirajah Raveenthiran, concurrently accredited as Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Mali as well, presented his Credentials to Ibrahim Boubacar Keita the President of Mali in a ceremony held at the Presidential Palace at Bamako in Mali.During an audience with the President after the presentation of Credentials the Sri Lankan envoy briefed the President on all significant developments in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Ambassador thanked the President of for all the unequivocal support extended to Sri Lanka in all international fora in the past. The President appreciated the pivotal role Sri Lankan armed forces play as part of United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the north of Mali (MINUSMA) in stabilizing the country.The President expressed great satisfaction on the status of existing bilateral relations between the two countries and indicated his desire to elevate it to even a higher level in the future for the benefits of both countries. This is the first time a Sri Lankan Ambassador presented Credentials in Mali after Sri Lanka established formal diplomatic relations with the West African state of Mali in 2012. (Colombo Gazette) The Ambassador also conveyed the greetings from the President of Sri Lanka to the President of Mali. The President of Mali had requested the Sri Lankan envoy to convey his personal well wishes to his Sri Lankan counterpart. read more

US drops measure on immunity for troops in UN peace operations

Reacting to the US decision, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said through his spokesman the move would help maintain the Council’s unity “at a time when it faces difficult challenges.”Last month the US introduced a text to renew the peacekeepers’ exemption from prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is based in The Hague. First adopted in July 2002, and renewed last year, the resolution shields members of UN peacekeeping missions who come from nations which have not ratified the treaty setting up the ICC from investigation or prosecution. It is due to expire on 30 June.In a statement, the Deputy US Representative to the UN, Ambassador James B. Cunningham, said that while Washington still held the same concerns about the ICC that led to the resolution in 2002, it “has decided not to proceed with further consideration and action on the draft at this time to avoid a prolonged and divisive debate.”Ambassador Cunningham said the US would consider the risk of review by the ICC in deciding its future contributions to UN peacekeeping operations. He added that the US would continue to seek bilateral agreements with individual Member States to protect US nationals from the reach of the ICC.The ICC will be able to try to individuals of war crimes such as genocide, mass murder and torture committed after 1 July 2002, when it formally came into existence. It will try individuals from States that are unwilling or unable to exercise jurisdiction. Over 90 countries have ratified the Statute and dozens of others have signed, indicating their intention to ratify.Last week Mr. Annan said that if the exemption from prosecution was extended, it would hurt the credibility of the Security Council and the UN.”[The] blanket exemption is wrong. It is of dubious judicial value, and I don’t think it should be encouraged by the Council…I think it would be unfortunate for one to press for such an exemption, given the [recent reports of] prisoner abuse in Iraq,” he said. read more

Beware Broncos Fans Defensive Dynasties Dont Last Long

FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Sept. 6, 2016), we take a look at some of the storylines surrounding quarterbacks in the run-up to this year’s NFL season. Sharon Katz also joins the show to break down a wacky first weekend of college football and whether Houston is destined for the playoffs after a big win in Week 1. Finally, Blythe Terrell, an editor at FiveThirtyEight, returns to the show to find out which NFL team should be her new favorite, according to the numbers. Plus, a significant digit on how baseball teams’ fortunes would change if they never traded their original players.Hot Takedown also has a spin-off podcast about the U.S. Open happening right now. It’s called Baseline, and it can be found here. The latest episode features 18-time major champion, Chris Evert.Links to what we discuss:Sharon Katz breaks down the college football conference power rankings.Heather Dinich writes that Houston’s win over Oklahoma says a lot about its playoff chances this year.Neil Paine says Teddy Bridgewater’s injury puts the Minnesota Vikings in big trouble.The Denver Broncos’ starting quarterback, Trevor Siemian, may be someone who’s never thrown a pass in an NFL game, but at least he’s not Peyton Manning.You can find FiveThirtyEight’s Elo predictions for the NFL season on the site later this week.In the meantime, here are the latest Super Bowl odds according to Vegas.Significant Digit: 15. That’s how many fewer wins the Washington Nationals would have this season if they only played players they originally drafted. Five of those new wins come from Daniel Murphy’s contributions. Murphy was signed as a free agent last offseason. read more

Hospitals plugging shortages of nurses by using cheaper workers experts fear

It follows warnings that the workers are being used as “nurses on the cheap” and left unsupervised because of shortages of nurses.Healthcare assistants are meant to help trained nurses, carrying out basic tasks such as feeding patients, answering calls bells and helping them to the toilet.But there is increasing concern that they are being used to perform tasks for which they are not trained – such as administration of medicines, or being left in charge of multiple patients.The study, by BPP University School of Nursing, says soaring vacancies of nurses over the period paint an “alarming picture,” with heavy reliance on agency nurses, as well as assistants.Worst affected areas are the north west and east of England, where nursing vacancies rose by 48 per cent and 46 per cent respectively.Across all English trusts, the nursing and midwifery vacancy rate rose from 28,713 in December 2015 to 34,682 in December 2017 – a rise of 21 per cent they wrote.”Although nursing numbers appear to be holding up, the sharp increase in vacancies tells a different story. They have soared by over a fifth in two years,” they wrote.”To plug that care gap, trusts are increasingly turning to healthcare assistants, whose numbers have grown substantially.”Healthcare assistants, whose pay starts at around £17,000 a year, have far less training than nurses, who are required to undertake a nursing degree, with starting salaries of around £23,000. The study warns: “Although nursing numbers appear to be holding up, the sharp increase in vacancies tells a different story. They have soared by over a fifth in two years – although there are significant regional variations. As the country’s ageing population has risen, demand for more care and more complex care has increased. There are 2,200 more emergency admissions per day than there were five years ago, for instance, 31 per cent more diagnostic tests, while delays due to waiting for available home care have more than doubled.“Unfortunately, supply hasn’t increased in line with that demand – hence the shortfall in recruitment and the rise in use of agency nurses, which increased by 37 per cent between December 2015 and December 2017.”Overall, while the number of nurses rose by 0.5 per cent between December 2015 to December 2017, the number of healthcare assistants rose by 6.5 per cent, the analysis shows.In total, 29 per cent of care roles in NHS trusts in England are now being carried out by healthcare assistants, the study found.The report, was based on responses to Freedom on Information requests to NHS trusts in England – of which 67 per cent of acute trusts responded.Joyce Robins, from Patient Concern, said the trends were “frightening”.She said: “This is really worrying, there is such a paucity of trained staff, and we are seeing far too much reliance on staff who just aren’t trained for the tasks they are doing.”Dr Anne Corrin, head of professional learning development at the Royal College of Nursing, said: “Healthcare assistants offer vital support to registered nurses and other clinical staff, and perform an important role as part of a multi-disciplinary team.”But it is a very different role to a registered nurse and cannot and should not be used as a substitute.”This is not fair on healthcare assistants, who may feel under pressure to perform tasks they are not trained for, and it is not fair on patients, who will rightly be concerned if healthcare assistants are replacing registered nurses.”This trend highlights yet again that across England we are desperately short of registered nurses.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. NHS hospitals are “plugging the care gap” with healthcare assistants amid a growing shortage of nurses, a new report suggests.The study found the number of healthcare assistants is rising at four times that of nurses, amid a shortage of around 35,000 nurses.For every nurse taken on between December 2015 and December 2017, four of the cheaper workers were hired.In some areas, hospitals lost almost exactly as many nurses as they hired healthcare assistants, raising fears that the cheaper workers were being used as substitutes, endangering patient safety.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The study found almost one in three care roles in NHS trusts is now filled by a healthcare assistant.Patients’ groups said the trends were “frightening”. read more

Columbia River student athlete Hunter Pearson dies in apparent drowning

first_imgOn a day when so many high school athletes were celebrating the final day of the sports year, Columbia River High School suffered a tragic loss.Hunter Pearson, an 18-year-old senior at Columbia River, apparently drowned in Lacamas Lake Saturday afternoon, according to Camas police.Pearson went into the water at about 4:30 p.m. and did not make it back to shore, according to a news release.A search by the Clark County Marine Patrol and the Multnomah County Dive Team resulted in the recovery of a body at about 9:30 p.m. that is believed to be Pearson’s. The Clark County Medical Examiner will make a positive identification and establish the cause of death.Pearson was a senior at Columbia River High School, where he was a standout running back on the varsity football team last season.Pearson was an all-league at running back for the Chieftains last fall, rushing for 943 yards and eight touchdowns.Columbia River football coach Christian Swain called it a tremendous loss for the school and community, calling Pearson “the kind of young man I pray my daughter will marry some day.”“Hunter was one of the most unselfish, thoughtful, courteous and hard-working kids I’ve ever coached,” Swain posted on social media. “He was a ferocious competitor on the field, and very gentle and sweet to everyone off the field. As a father myself, I cannot find words for his family to appropriately express how heartfelt my condolences. I can only say they did a tremendous job raising a young man of high character. … His legacy at our school will last forever. I’m truly devastated.”A memorial for Pearson was being planned for 7 p.m. Monday at the 50-yard line on the football field at Columbia River High School.last_img read more

MLS commissioner believes the league will grow more in 2019

first_imgThe American football league will start on Saturday in its 24th edition since its creation just before the 1994 FIFA World Cup.The Major League Soccer (MLS) is entering its 24th year since being created before the 1994 FIFA World Cup.And for the MLS commissioner Don Garber, the year 2019 will be the best one yet for the American competition.“Well you know, last year was unbelievable. More goals, more shots on goal. There was a dynamic around our league that had us really competing with the rest of the world,” he told ESPN.“This year it’s only going to be bigger and better. We have a new team coming on in Cincinnati, we have a beautiful new stadium, Allianz, coming on in Minnesota.”“We’re going to have a very excited All-Star Game in the midseason,” he explained.“We’re keying up to building on all of this momentum. We’ve got the South American player of the year [Pity Martinez] joining our team in Atlanta.”“We’ve got two great coaches that have joined the league — three great coaches that have come from other leagues,” he continued.Chile, Alexis SanchezAlexis Sanchez rules out move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami Andrew Smyth – September 5, 2019 Alexis Sanchez reckons he’s still got another “five or six years left” of European football in him amid links of a move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami.“So I think everybody who is following will expect and see a level of player and a level of excitement that will raise the bar even higher.”Cincinnati and Minnesota are the most recent additions to the league, and there are three more clubs who will join later: Nashville, Miami, and Austin.“You know we’ve got to make a decision sometime soon. There’s no specific timetable, but we need to have that 28th team selected,” Don Garber explained.“St. Louis and Sacramento were bidding hard for that remaining spot, the 28th spot. Both have great new ownership groups, both have great stadium plans.”We’ll get our expansion committee together, get our ownership together and we’ll try and make a decision sometime this year,” he concluded.Already in midseason form. Some absolute golazos! // Preseason by @advocare— Major League Soccer (@MLS) February 27, 2019last_img read more

Pires Sanchez should never have left Arsenal

first_imgArsenal great Robert Pires believes Alexis Sanchez made a big error in choosing to leave the club for Manchester United and ponders whether he will have to move to another club soonThe Chilean forward has managed just four goals and six assists in 26 appearances for United across all competitions since arriving from Arsenal in January.Manager Jose Mourinho hailed Sanchez’s signing at Old Trafford as a major coup back then, but the 29-year-old could be out of the club by the New Year.And Pires feels he knows exactly where Sanchez went wrong.“Alexis was very good, he’s an excellent footballer, but I also got to know him as a person and I can say that I loved knowing him, he is a friend,” Pires told El Mercurio.“He stands out for his professionalism and that helped Arsenal to win several titles.“Honestly, it surprised me. For me, Sanchez had to stay at Arsenal, where he was one of our stars.“I don’t know if he could say no to United, but I think the style of play of the London club suits his performances better. But you have to respect his decision.”Alexis Sanchez 2014/15 was something else maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…— Rk (@RkFutbol) October 16, 2018The former France international did, however, suggest that Sanchez would have benefited working under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City rather than Mourinho.“Yes, he’s going through a complex moment. The relationship with the manager is always important, but it’s notable that there are complications between Jose Mourinho and him,” added Pires.“When you’re a United manager and you have players like Paul Pogba and Sanchez, you have to take care of them, because in the end the only important thing is for the team to win.“When there are problems, the most important and complicated thing, at the same time, is to sit down to talk and say things face to face.“Sanchez doesn’t deserve to be on the bench or stay at home. We’ll see if he finds a solution in January, because he is not playing and he has to do it, since he is a wonderful footballer.“Mourinho and Josep Guardiola are two coaches who know how to win and conquer titles, but now, City’s way of playing is higher than United’s and it could be that if Alexis went to Pep’s team his situation would be different.”Liverpool legend  Jamie Carragher even suggested Sanchez has become the new Fernando Torres of Chelsea.last_img read more

Firefighters battle mobile home fire in Santee

first_imgFirefighters battle mobile home fire in Santee Jonathan Halvorson Updated: 11:35 AM SANTEE (KUSI) – A firefighter and a resident suffered minor injuries Wednesday morning during a blaze that damaged a Santee mobile home and displaced two people, authorities said.Dispatchers received a call around 7 a.m. from a person reporting a fire at a mobile home park in the 8700 block of Magnolia Avenue, Santee Fire Battalion Chief John Garlow said.Firefighters arrived to find flames on a carport next to a mobile home, Garlow said. Crews extinguished the blaze, but could not prevent the flames from extending into the residence, he said.A firefighter suffered minor injuries when he tripped and fell and a resident also suffered minor injuries, Garlow said.The firefighter was taken to a hospital, and the resident was treated at the scene and did not require transport to a medical facility, he said.The American Red Cross was called in to help the two displaced residents arrange for interim lodging, Garlow said.The cause of the fire was under investigation. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img May 29, 2019 Jonathan Halvorson, Posted: May 29, 2019last_img read more